Bedroom storage ideas
There are numerous ways to organize even small bedrooms and closets. In fact, there may be several options for potential storage right under your nose.
You want your bedroom to be a haven to retire to away from the chaos of everyday living, a place to relax and unwind. But it's hard to feel calm and serene when your bedroom is layered with piles of dirty clothes, or tripping over shoes, and searching through that bulging closet for your favourite top.
Fortunately, there are numerous ways to organize even small bedrooms and closets. In fact, there may be several options for potential storage right under your nose:
Out of sight
Even a double bed has quite a lot of space underneath it. Why should the dust bunnies have it all to themselves?
There are plenty of storage options that you can choose from to hold shoes, handbags, or winter/summer clothes that you won't be wearing until next season.
Pack them away in plastic bags to keep them dust-free and stick them under the bed. Of course, if your mattress is on a base, that's a different story altogether.
Maximise your built-in storage
If you are lucky enough to be building a home from scratch, draw up plans for your bedroom storage closet to determine where to install rods for hanging clothes, shelf space for tops and t-shirts, racks for shoes, and stow-away storage at the top of the closet.
For longer items, you need full-length vertical space under the rod. For shorter items such as shirts, blouses, skirts and jackets, hanging two sets of rods above each other will double the amount of clothes you can hang in that space.
Consider what you need access to on a daily basis as opposed to on a seasonal basis. Items of clothing that are seasonal can be packed away on higher shelves and rotated to the lower shelves seasonally. Shoe cubes, tiered tie racks and slide-out laundry bins help keep things tucked away yet easily accessible.
The only thing that should go in drawers is things that don't fold well — socks, underwear, bras. Usually four to five drawers per person are plenty."
Kid-friendly bedroom storage
A hide-away bed is the perfect solution for a small bedroom. By day there is room to move around, study and chill - at night the bed comes out (see right).
It's in your best interest to make storage fun, attractive and easily accessible for your kids.
Blankets and stuffed animals, for example, can be stored in a built-in chest that doubles as a window seat. Kids find it easier to put stuff on shelves and baskets than hangers.
If something is out of sight in a drawer, they don't think about it. If it's in plain view, they're more likely to reach for it. A set-up that encourages kids to put specific things in specific baskets has the added benefit of teaching organization skills.
Think with the head
In a cramped child's bedroom, forget about a bedside table and use the space above the bed.
Cabinets and shelving with built-in lighting take up none of the floorspace, and provide you with more than enough room for books and accessories.
Or look for a headboard that offers built-in storage solutions.